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Livestreaming a performance of Chickens in the Yard: a new play by Paul Kruse
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Livestreaming a performance of Chickens in the Yard: a new play by Paul Kruse

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Saturday 1 June 2019
Austin, Texas
TILTing Perspectives
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TILTing Perspectives

Approaches to Devising New Work Alongside Actors with Disabilities

by Adam Roberts
11 April 2019
The premiere of Last: An Extinction Comedy
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The premiere of Last: An Extinction Comedy

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Friday 12 April 2019
Austin, Texas
Livestreaming a performance of Chickens in the Yard: a new play by Paul Kruse
Video

Livestreaming a performance of Chickens in the Yard: a new play by Paul Kruse

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Saturday 1 June 2019
Austin, Texas

The VORTEX proudly presents Chickens in the Yard, a new play by Paul Kruse, livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 1 June 2019 at 6:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 8:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 9:30 p.m. EDT (New York).

actors in post apocalyptic costume
The premiere of Last: An Extinction Comedy
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The premiere of Last: An Extinction Comedy

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Friday 12 April 2019
Austin, Texas

The VORTEX proudly presented the world premiere of Last: An Extinction Comedy, an extraordinary new devised play blending improv, comedy, and environmental activism livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 12 April 2019 at 6 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 9 p.m. EDT (New York).

eight actors surrounding another
TILTing Perspectives
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TILTing Perspectives

Approaches to Devising New Work Alongside Actors with Disabilities

11 April 2019

Adam Roberts talks about the devising process used at TILT, a performance company in Austin, Texas, that celebrates the creative work of adult actors with disabilities.

performer holding a cloth above her head
Learning from and Listening to Latinx Youth at the 2019 LTC TYA Sin Fronteras Festival and Convening
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Learning from and Listening to Latinx Youth at the 2019 LTC TYA Sin Fronteras Festival and Convening

19 February 2019

Marci R. McMahon reports on the 2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Theatre for Young Audiences Festival and Convening, which took place in January 2019 in Austin, Texas. 

three actors onstage, one looks surprised
Taking Leaps in Leadership
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Taking Leaps in Leadership

Sarah Rasmussen and Joanie Schultz in Conversation, Part Two

10 February 2019

In Part Two of this conversation, Sarah Rasmussen, artistic director at Minneapolis’s Jungle Theater, and Joanie Schultz, former artistic director at Addison’s WaterTower Theatre, talk about their biggest successes over the past couple of years, the difference in a board’s relationship to a founding artistic director and to a new leader, and more.

Two professional women
Following the "Knowing"
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Following the "Knowing"

Joanie Schultz and Sarah Rasmussen in Conversation

3 February 2019

In Part I of this conversation, Sarah Rasmussen, artistic director at Minneapolis’s Jungle Theater, and Joanie Schultz, former artistic director at Addison’s WaterTower Theatre, talk about the importance of working with a third party during leadership transitions, trusting your gut in decision-making, and more.

poster for heartland by Gabriel Jason Dean at the Vortex in Austin, Texas
Livestreaming a Performance of Heartland at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas
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Livestreaming a Performance of Heartland at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Thursday 31 January 2019
Austin, Texas

The VORTEX in Austin, Texas, in partnership with The National New Play Network, presents Heartland livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 31 January 2018 at 6 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 8 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 9 p.m. EST (New York) / Friday 1 February at 02:00 GMT/UTC+0 (London).

dozens of members of the latinx theatre commons standing a large circle
2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening
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2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening

Join the LTC in Austin, Texas for our first convening dedicated to work for young people!

Thursday 24 January to Saturday 26 January 2019
University of Texas at Austin & the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

The Latinx Theatre Commons presented the 2019 Theatre for Young Audiences Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening livestreaming from Austin, Texas on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 24 January to Saturday 26 January 2019.

audience in darkness, except for flashlights
Making Light
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Making Light

22 January 2019

Daniel Jackson talks about creating an interactive DIY lighting system—that the audience partially controlled—for a recent production that took place almost entirely in the dark.

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Livestreaming a performance of (UN)ROOTED 
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Livestreaming a performance of (UN)ROOTED 

at The VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Friday 14 December
Austin, Texas

Corps Multiple, in partnership with The VORTEX in Austin, Texas, presents (UN)ROOTED livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 14 December at 6 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 9 p.m. EDT (New York) / 20:10 GMT+1 (London).

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Still Here, Still Enraged
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Still Here, Still Enraged

A Manifesto

15 November 2018

Joanna Lugo and Leah Harris use Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions as a framework to speak out about gender inequalities they've notice in the theatre community, and call on the larger theatre community to fight for gender parity. 

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A performance of Mawlana at The VORTEX in Austin, Texas
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A performance of Mawlana at The VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Saturday 6 October 2018

Canopy Theatre, in partnership with La Scéne Theatre from Aix-en-Provence, France, and The VORTEX in Austin, Texas, presents Mawlana livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 6 October at 6 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 9 p.m. EDT (New York) / 20:10 GMT+1 (London).

Representation and Ability On Stage in Dallas, Texas
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Representation and Ability On Stage in Dallas, Texas

28 June 2018

Shelby-Allison Hibbs interviews director Marianne T. Galloway and theatre administrator and actor Sherry Jo Ward about representation in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and what it’s like to create theatre with their unique physical challenges.

Representation Matters
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Representation Matters

The Monologue Project

8 April 2018

Gab Cody reflects on the birth of The Monologue Project, an initiative that started in Pittsburgh, USA and Dallas, USA to increase the canon of audition-length monologues for women of African Descent.

Drug Wars with Gender Role Reversals
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Drug Wars with Gender Role Reversals

28 September 2017

Shelby-Alison Hibbs analyzes Matthew Paul Olmos’ so go the ghosts of mexico, part 2.

When Disaster Strikes
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When Disaster Strikes

The Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Houston’s Small Theatres

31 August 2017

Trevor Boffone writes about the effects Hurricane Harvey has had on the theatre community in Houston, Texas.

Theatre History Podcast #44
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Theatre History Podcast #44

Exploring the Performing Arts Collections at the Harry Ransom Center with Dr. Eric Colleary

21 August 2017

Dr. Eric Colleary, Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, introduces us to the treasures in the center's performing arts collections.

A Different Romeo & Juliet—A Year Later
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A Different Romeo & Juliet—A Year Later

17 June 2017

In the last installment of the series, Briandaniel Oglesby reflects on his queer adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, and advocates for more queer-centered theatre made with and for young people.

Gardens Bloom, Cultures Clash
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Gardens Bloom, Cultures Clash

Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías

15 June 2017

Trevor Boffone looks at the provocation of Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías in Houston and the conversations it’s starting about Latinx theatre.

Toward a Model of Inclusive Practice
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Toward a Model of Inclusive Practice

An Intern’s Perspective on the Guthrie Theater

28 April 2017

Matthew Hernandez shares his experience interning at the Guthrie Theater last summer as part of a pilot program for students of color at University of Texas at Austin.

Pedagogy Notebook
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Pedagogy Notebook

Responding to LGBT Homelessness in Emilio Rodriguez’s Swimming While Drowning

24 April 2017

Trevor Boffone writes about teaching Emilio Rodriguez’s Swimming While Drowning in an Intro to LGBT Studies class at the University of Houston.

“Put On Your Good Bra!”
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“Put On Your Good Bra!”

An Interview with Dr. Omi Osun Joni Jones on Theatrical Jazz

13 April 2017

In this installment, scholar-artist Dominique C. Hill interviews Omi Osun Joni L. Jones about the Theatrical Jazz aesthetic, and how it intersects with academic theatre.

Pedagogy Notebook
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Pedagogy Notebook

Student Performances in the Introductory Latinx Literature Classroom

29 January 2017

Professor Adrianna M. Santos writes about assigning a performance project to the undergrads in her Latina/o Literature survey class.

Video Games as an Art Form Part 3
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Video Games as an Art Form Part 3

Bringing Games to Life

27 January 2017

In this last installment, Rick Stemm shares the production process—from idea to execution—for Heroes Must Die.

Edward Albee’s Kindest Character
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Edward Albee’s Kindest Character

11 November 2016

Playwright Jacob Juntunen remembers Edward Albee’s generosity toward other playwrights.